Courageous Leeds doctor is youngest for top medical award

Dr Kate Granger
Dr Kate Granger
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A Campaigning doctor who continues to work despite terminal cancer and has set up a global drive to improve care is to receive one of the most prestigious accolades in medicine.

Dr Kate Granger is to become the youngest ever fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) at the age of 32, and she is the first non-consultant to be given the title.

Kate was put forward for the award by Dr Philip Pearson, a doctor in Plymouth who is one of her 25,000 followers on Twitter, and will be presented with the fellowship later this month.

She said: “It’s really lovely to be recognised by my profession.”

The doctor, who specialises in elderly medicine and works at St James’s Hospital in Leeds, was diagnosed with cancer after becoming ill during a holiday in America in 2011.

Eventually she was told it was a rare and aggressive form called DSRCT, which was incurable.

She has undergone five rounds of gruelling chemotherapy in Leeds, but her illness has not held her back – she has written two books about her experiences, raising over £100,000 for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre in Leeds.

Kate, from East Ardsley, has also seen her campaign to remind health workers to introduce themselves to patients – called #hellomynameis – spread across the world.

Prof Linda Luxon, treasurer of the RCP, said: “The RCP was delighted to honour Dr Granger with the fellowship due to her extraordinary contributions to medicine.”

Prof Luxon added that Dr Granger had written on a variety of subjects and been named one of the most inspirational people in healthcare: “She has also written two books and spoken eloquently about her illness and terminal care with remarkable courage and a unique insight since her diagnosis with sarcoma in 2011.”